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vain man.


he would make this a bloody day to somebody. Pist. There roar'd the sea, and trumpetBut I pray God the fruit of her womb miscarry!

clangor sounds. 1 Bead. If it do, you shall have a dozen of cushions* again; you have but eleven now.

Enter the King and his Train, the Chief JusCome, I charge you both go with me; for the

TICE among them. man is dead, that you and Pistol beat among Ful. God save thy grace, kivg Hal! my roya. ou.

Hal! Dol. I'll tell thee what, thou thin man in a Pist. The heavens thee guard and keep, most renser! I will have you as soundly swinged royal imp* of fame! for this, you blue-bottle rogue!+ you filthy fa- Fal. God save thee, my sweet boy! nished correctioner! if you be not swinged, King. My lord chief justice, speak to thai I'll forswear half-kirtles.. 1 Bead. Come, come, you she knight-errant, Ch. Just. Have you your wits? know you

what 'tis you speak ? Host. O, that right should thus overcome Fal. My king! my Jove! I speak to thee, my mnight! Well; of sufferance comes ease.

heart! Dol. Come, you rogue, come; bring me to a King. I know thee not, old man: Fall to thy justice.

prayers; Host. Ay; come, you starved blood-hound. How ill white hairs become a fool, and jester Dol. Goodman death! goodman bones! I have long dream'd of such a kind of man, Host. Thou atomy, thou!

So surfeit-swell'd, su old, and so profane; Dol. Come, you thin thing; come, you rascal! But, being awake, I do despise my dream. 1 Bead. Very well.

[Ereunt. Make less thy body hence, and more thy grace; SCENE V.- A public Place near Westminster

Leave gormandizing; know, the grave doth Abbey.


For thee thrice wider than for other men:Enter two Grooms, strewing Rushes. Reply not to me with a fool-born jest; 1 Groom. More rushes, more rushes.

Presume not, that I am the thing I was: 2 Groom. The trumpets have sounded twice. For heaven doth know, so shall the world per. i Groom. It will be two o'clock ere they come That I have turn'd away my former self;

ceive, from the coronation : Despatch, despatch.

(Exeunt G:00ms. So will, I those that kept me company:

When thou dost hear I am as I have teen, Enter Falstaff, SHALLOW,Pistol, BARDOLPH, Approach me; and thou shalt be as thuu wast, and the Page.

The tutor and the feeder of my riots: Fal. Stand here hy me, master Robert Shal. Till then, I banish thee, on pain of death,low; I will make the king do you grace: I will As I have done the rest of my misleaders, leer upon him, as 'a comes by; and do but mark Not to come near our person by ten mile. the countenance that he will give me. For competence of life, I will allow you,

Pist. God bless thy lungs, good knight. That lack of means enforce you not to evil:

Ful. Come here, Pistol; stand behind me.- And, as we hear you do reform yourselves, O, if I had had time to have made new liveries, We will,-according to your strength, and I would have bestowed the thousand pound I


(lord, borrowed of you. (To Shallow.) But 'tis no Give you advancement.-Be it your charge, my matter; this poor show doth better: this doth To see perform’d the tenor of our word. infer the zeal I had to see him.

(Exeunt King, and his Train. Shal. It doth so.

Fal. Master Shallow, I owe you a thousand Fal. It shows my earnestness of affection.

pound. Shal. It doth so.

Shul. Ay, marry, Sir John; which I beseech Fal. My devotion.

you to let me have home with me. Shal. Ii doth, it doth, it doth.

Fal. That can hardly be, master Shallow. Fal. As it were, to ride day and night; and Do not you grieve at this; I shall be sent for in ot to deliberate, not to remember, not to have private to him: look you, he must seem thus to patience to shift me

the world. Fear not your advancement; I will Shal. It is most certain.

be the man yet, that shall make you great. Fal. But to stand stained with travel, and Shal. I cannot perceive how; unless you sweating with desire to see him: thinking of give me your doublet, and stuff me out with nothing else; putting all affairs else in oblivion; straw. I beseech you, good Sir John, let me as if there were nothing else to be done, but to have five hundred of my thousand. see him.

Fal. Sir, I will be as good as my word: this Pist. 'Tis semper idem, for absque hoc nihil est:; that you heard, was but a colour. 'Tis all in every part.

Shal. A colour, I fear, that you will die in, Shal. "Tis so, indeed.

Sir John. Pist. My knight, I will inflame thy noble Fal. Feur no colours; go with me to dinner. And make thee rage.

[liver, Come, lieutenant Pistol;-come, Bardolphi-I Thy Doll, and Helen of thy noble thoughts, shall be sent for soon at nighi. Is in base durance, and contagious prison; Haul'd thither

Re-enter Prince John, the Chief Justica, By most mechanical and dirty hand:

Officers, 8c.
Rouse up revenge from ebon den with fell Ch. Just. Go, carry Sir John Falstaff to the
Ålecto's snake,

For Doll is in ; Pistol speaks nought but truth. Take all his company along with him.
Fal. I will deliver her.

Fal. My lord, my lord, [Shouts within, and the Trumpets sound. Ch. Just. I cannot now speak: I will hear you To stuff her out to counterfeit pregnancy.

Take them away.

(soon, + Bearlles usually wore a hire livery.

Short cloaks. 1 Tis all in all, and all in every part.

* Child, offspring.

+ Henceforward.

Set on.

my lord.

Pist. Si fortuna me tormenta, spero me contenta. pray your patience for it, and to promise you [Exeunt Fal. SHAL. Píst. Bard. Page, a betier. I did mean, indeed, to pay you with and Officers.

this: which, if, like an ill venture, it come unP. John. I like this fair proceeding of the luckily home, I break, and you, my gentle creking's:

ditors, lose. Here, I promised you, I would He hath intent, his wonted followers

be, and here I commit' my body to your merShall all be very well provided for;

cies: bate me some, and I will pay you some, But all are banish'd, till their conversations and, as most debtors do, promise you infiAppear more wise and modest to the world. nitely. Ch. Just. And so they are.

If my tongue cannot entreat you to acquit P.Jolin. The king haih call'd his parliament, me, will you command me to use my legs? and

yet that were but light payment,- to dance out Ch. Just. He hath.

of your debt. But a good conscience will make P. John. I will lay odds--that, ere this year any possible satisfaction, and so will I. All expire,

the gentlewomen here have forgiven me; if the We bear our cívil swords, and native fire, gentlemen will not, then the gentlemen do not As far as France: I heard a bird so sing, agree with the gentlewomen, which was never Whose music, to my thinking, pleas'd the king. seen before in such an assembly. Come, will you hence?

[Exeunt. One word more, I beseech you. If you be EPILOGUE

not too much cloyed with fat meat, our humble

author will continue the story, with Sir John SPOKEN BY A Dancer.

in it, and make you merry with fair Katharine First, my fear; then, my court'sy; last, my of France : where, for any thing I know, Falspeech. My fear is, your displeasure; my staff shall die of a sweat, unless already he he court’sy, my duty; and my speech, to beg your killed with your hard opinions; for Oldcastle pardons. If you look for a good speech now, died a martyr, and this is not the man. My you undo me: for what I have to say, is of tongue is weary; when my legs are too, I will mine own making; and what, indeed, I should bid you good night: and so kneel down before say, will, I doubt, prove mine own marring. you ;-but, indeed, to pray for the queen.* But to the purpose, and so to the venture.-Be

* Most of the ancient interludes conclude with a prayer it known to you, (as it is very well,) I was for the King or Queen. Hence, perhaps, the livnal lately here in the end of a displeasing play, to et Regina, at the bottom of our modera playtills

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CHARLES THE SIXTH, King of France. DUKE OF GLOSTER, } Brothers to the King.

Lewis, the Dauphin. DUKE OF BEDFORD,


The CONSTABLE of France. DUKE OF YORK, Cousin to the King.



AMBASSADORS to the King of England.

ISABEL, Queen of France.

Conspirators against KATHARINE, Daughter of Charles and Isabel. Sir THOMAS GREY,

the King

ALICE, a Lády attending on the Princess Fia


MACMORRIS, Jamy, Officers in King QUICKLY, Pistol's Wife, a Hostess.
Henry's Army.

Lords, Ladies, Officers, French and English BATES, COURT, Williams, Soldiers in the same.

Soldiers, Messengers, and Attendants. NYM, BARDOLPH, Pistol, formerly Servants

to Falstaff, now Soldiers in the same. The Scene, at the beginning of the Play, lies in Boy, Servant to them.-A HERALD.-CHORUS. England; but afterwards wholly in France.


ACT I. O, for a muse of fire, that would ascend SCENE I.-London.-An Antichamber in the The brightest heaven of invention!

King's Palace. A kingdom for a stage, princes to act,

Enter the Archbishop of CANTERBORY, and And monarchs to behold the swelling scene!

Bishop of ELY.
Then should the warlike Harry, like himself,
Assume the port of Mars; and, at his heels,

Cant. My lord, I'll tell you,—that self bill is Leash'd in like hounds, should famine, sword, Which, in the eleventh year o'the last king's


[reign and fire,

(all, Crouch for employment. But pardon, gentles was like, and had indeed against us pass'd, The flat upraised spirit, that hath dar'd,

But that the scambling and unquiet time On this unworthy scaffold, to bring forth

Did push it out of further question." So great an object: Can this cockpit hold

Ely. But how, my lord, shall we resist it The vasty fields of France? or may we cram

now? Within this wooden 0,* the very casques,

Cant. It must be thought on. If it pass That did affright the air at Agincourt?

against us, 0, pardon! since a crooked figure may

We lose the better half of our possession : Attest, in little place, a million;

For all the temporal lands, which men devout And let us, ciphers to this great accompt,

By testament have given to the church, On your imaginary forces: work:

Would they strip from us; being valued thus,Suppose, within the girdle of these walls

As much as would maintain, to the king's Are now confin'd two mighty monarchies,

honour, Whose high upreared and abutting fronts

Full fifteen earls, and fifteen hundred knights; The perilous, narrow ocean parts asunder.

Six thousand and two hundred good esquires; Piece outour imperfections with your thoughts; And to relief of lazars, and weak age, Into a thousard parts divide one man,

Of indigent faint souls, past corporal toil, And make imaginary puissance: [them

A hundred alms-houses, right well supplied; Think, when we talk of horses, that you see

And to the coffers of the king beside, (bill. Printing their proud hoofs i'the receiving

earth: A thousand pounds by the year: Thus runs the For 'tis your thoughts that now must deck our

Ely. This would drink deep.

Cant. 'Twould drink the cup and all. Carry them here and there; jumping o'er times;

Ely. But what prevention ? Turning the accomplishment of many years

Cant. The king is full of grace, and fair reInto an hour glass; For the which supply,

gard. Admit me chorus to this history; (pray,

Ely. And a true lover of the holy church. Who, prologne-like, your humble patience

Cant. The courses of his youth pronis'd it Gently to hear, kindly to judge, our play.



The breath no sooner left his father's body, * An ailusion to the circular form of the theatre + Helinets

Powers of fancy.

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But that his wildness, mortified in him,

Ely. What was the impediment that broke Seem'd to die too: yea, at that very moment,

this off? Consideration like an angel came,

Cant. The French ambassador, upon that in And whipp'd the offending Adam out of him;

stant, Leaving his body as a paradise,

Crav'd audience: and the hour I think, is come, To envelop and contain celestial spirits. To give him hearing: Is it four o'clock? Never was such a sudden scholar made:

Ely. It is. Never cane reformation in a flood,

Cant. Then go we in, to know his embassy; With such a heady current, scouring faults;

Which I could, with a ready guess, declare, Nor never Hydra-headed wilfulness

Before the Frenchman speak a word of it. So soon did lose his scat, and all at once, Ely. I'll wait upon you; and I long to hear As in this king.


[Exeunt. Ely. We are blessed in the change. Cant. Hear him but reason in divinity,

SCENE 11.-The sume.-- A Room of State in

the same. And, all-admiring, with an inward wish You would desire, the king were made a pre- Entor King HENRY, Gloster, BEDFORD, Exelate:

TER, WARWICK, WESTMORELAND, and Attcr Hear hijn debate of commonwealth affairs, dants. You would say,--it hath been all-in-all his

K. Hen. Where is my gracious lord of Can. study:

terbury? List* his discourse of war, and you shall hear Exe. Not here in presence. A fearful battle render'd you in music:

k. Hen. Send for him, good uncle. Turn him to any cause of policy,

West. Shall we call in the ambassador, my The Gordian knot of it he will unloose,

liege? Familiar as his garter; that, when he speaks,

K. Hen. Not yet, my cousin; we would be The air, a charter'd libertine, is still,

resolv'd, And the mute wonder lurketh in men's ears,

Before we hear him, of some things of weight, To steal his sweet and honeycd sentences; That task our thoughts, concerning us and So that the art and practic part of life

France. Must be the mistress to this theoric :t Which is a wonder, how his grace should Enter the Archbishop of CANTERBURY, and glean it,

Bishop of ELY. Since his addiction was to courses vain: His companiest unletter'd, rude, and shallow; | Cant. God, and bis angels, guard your His hours fill'd up with riots, banquets, spori,

, And never noted in him any study,

And make you long become it! Any retirement, any sequestration

K. Hen. Sure, we thank you. From open haunts and popularity,

My learned lord, we pray you to proceed; Ely. The strawberry grows underneath the And justly and religiously unfold, pettle;

Why the law Salique, that they have in France, And wholesome berries thrive and ripen best, Or should, or should pot, bar us in our claim. Neighbour'd by fruit of baser quality :

And God forbid, my dear and faithful lord, And so the prince obscur'd his contemplation

That you should fashion, wrest, or bow your Under the veil of wildness; which, no doubl,

reading, Grew like summer grass, fastest by night,

Or nicely charge your understanding soul Unseen, yet crescives in his faculty.

With opening litles miscreate,* whose right Cant. It must be so: for miracles are ceas’d; Suits not in native colours with the truth; And therefore we must needs admit the means, Shall drop their blood in approbation

For God doth know, how many, now in health, How things are perfected. Ely. But, my good lord,

Of what your reverence shall incite us to: How now for mitigation of this bill

Therefore take heed how you impawn our Urg'd by the commons? Doth his majesty

person, Incline to it, or no?

How you awake the sleeping sword of war; Cant. He seems indifferent;

We charge you in the name of God, take heed: Or, rather, swaying more upon our part,

For never two such kingdoms did contend, Than cherishing the exhibiters against us:

Without much fall of blood; whose guiltless For I have made an offer to his majesty,

drops l'pon our spiritual convocation;

Are every one a woe, a sore complaint, And in regard of causes now in hand,

'Gainst him, whose wrongs give edge unto the Which I have open’d to his grace at large,

swords As touching France,-to give a greater sum

That make such waste in brief mortality. Than ever at one time the clergy yet

Under this conjuration, speak, my lord: Did to his predecessors part withal.

And we will hear, note, and believe in heart, Ely. How did this offer seem receiv'd, my

That what you speak is in your conscience lord ?

As pure as sin with baptism, (wash'd Cant. With good acceptance of his majesty;

Cant. Then hear me, gracious sovereignSave, that there was not time enough to hear

and you peers, (As, I perceiv'd, his grace would fain have That owe your lives, your faith, and services, done,)

To this imperial throne;—There is no bar The severals, and unhidden passages,

To make against your highness' claim to Of his true titles to some certain dukedoms;


[mond,And, generally, to the crown and seat of But this, which they produce from PharaFrance,

In terram Salicam mulieres succedant, Deriv'd from Edward, his great grandfather.

No woman shall succeed in Salique land:

Which Salique land the French unjustly gloze, * Listen to

+ Theory : Companions. increasing.

* Spurious.

To be the realm of France, and Pharamond Making defeat on the full power of Fra
The founder of this law and female bar. Whiles his most mighty father on a hill
Yet their own authors faithfully affirm, Stood smiling; to behold his lion's whelp
That the land Salique lies in Germany, Forage in blood of French nobility.*
Between the floods of Sala and of Elbe: O poble English that could entertain
Where Charles the great, having subdued the With half their forces the full pride of France;

And let another half stand laughing by,
There left behind and settled certain French ; All out of work, and cold for action!:
Who, holding in disdain the German women, Ely. Awake remembrance of these valiant
For some dishonest manners of their life,

dead, Establish'd there this law,-to wit, no female And with your puissant arm renew their feats: Should be inheritrix in Salique land;

You are their heir, you sit upon their throne; Which Salique, as I said, 'twixt Elbe and Sala, The bloop mod courage, that renowned them, · Is at this day in Germany call’d-Meisen. Runs in vnitr veins; and my thrice-puissant

Thus doth it well appear, the Salique law Is in the very May-morn of his youth, [liege
Was not devised for the realm of France : Ripe for exploits and mighty enterprizes.
Nor did the French possess the Salique land Exe. Your brother kings and monarchs of
Until four hundred one and twenty years

the carth After defunction of king Pharamond,

Do all expect that you should rouse yourself, Idly suppos’d the founder of this law; As did the former lions of your blood. Who died within the year of our redemption West. They know, your grace hath cause, Four hundred twenty-six; and Charles the great

and means, and might; Subdued the Saxons, and did seat the French So hath your highness; never king of England Beyond the river Sala, in the year

Had nobles richer, and more loyal subjects; Eight hundred five. Besides, their writers say, Whose hearts have left their bodies here in King Pepin, which deposed Childerick,

England, Did, as heir general, being descended [thair, And lie pavilion’d in the fields of France. Of Blithild, which was the daughter to Clo- Cant. 0, let their bodies follow, my dear Make claim and title to the crown of France.


[right: Hugh Capet also,--that usurp'd the crown With blood, and sword, and fire, to win your Of Charles the duke of Lorain, sole heir male In aid whereof, we of the spiritualty Of the true line and stock of Charles the Will raise your highness such a mighty sum, great,

As never did the clergy at one time To fine* his title with some show of truth, Bring in to any of your ancestors. (Though, in pure truth, it was corrupt and K. Hen. We must not only arm to invade naught,)

the French; Convey'dt himself as heir to the lady Lingare, But lay down our proportions to defend Daughter to Charlemain, who was the son Against the Scot, who will make road upon us To Lewis the emperor, and Lewis the son With all advantages. Of Charles the great. Also king Lewis the Cant. They of those marches, gracious sotenth,

Shall be a wall sufficient to defend (vereign, Who was sole heir to the usurper Capet, Our inland from the pelfering borderers. Could not keep quiet in his conscience,

K. Hen. We do not mean the coursing snatWearing the crown of France, till satisfied

chers only, That fair queen Isabel, his grandmother, But fear the main intendment of the Scot Was lineal of the lady Ermengare, [Lorain : Who hath been still a giddy neighbour to us; Daughter to Charles the foresaid duke of For you shall read, that my great grandfather By the which marriage, the line of Charles the Never went with his forces into France, Was re-united to the crown of France. [great But that the Scot on his unfurnish'd kingdom So that, as clear as is the summer's sun, Came pouring, like the tide unto a breach, King Pepin's title, and Hugh Capet's claim, With ample and brim fulness of his force; King Lewis bis satisfaction, all appear Galling the gleaned land with hot essays; To hold in right and title of the female: Girding with grievous siege, castles and towns; So do the kings of France unto this day; That England, being empty of defence, How beit they would hold up this Salique law, Hath shook, and trembled at the ill neighTo bar your highness claiming from the female;

bourhood. : And rather choose to hide them in a net, Cant. She hath been then more fear'dş than Than amply to imbaret their crooked titles

harm'd, my liege: Usurpa from you and your progenitors. For hear her but exampled by herself, K. 'Hen. May I, with right and conscience, When all her chivalry hath been in France, make this claim ?

And she a mourning widow of her nobles, Cant. The sin upon my head, dread so- She hath herself not only well defended, vereign!

But taken, and impounded as a stray, For in the book of Numbers is it writ, The king of Scots; whom she did send to When the son dies, let the inheritance


[kings; Descend unto the daughter. Gracious lord, To fill king Edward's fame with prisoner Stand for your own; unwind your bloody flag; And make your chronicle as rich with praise, Look back unto your mighty ancestors : As is the ooze and bottom of the sea Go, my dread lord, to your great grandsire's With sunken wreck and sumless treasuries. tomb,

(spirit, West. But there's a saying, very old and From whom you claim; invoke his warlike

true, And your great uncle's, Edward the black If that you will France win, prince ;

Then with Scotland first begin : Who on the French ground play'd a tragedy,

* At the battle of Cressy. * Make showy or specious.

+ The borders of England and Scotland. + Derired bis tite.

1 Lay open.
General disposition.

* Frightened.

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